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AASD eighth-grader addresses bullying

Wearing a black baseball cap over her shaved head, Altoona Area eighth-grader Rhianna Gilbert-Kehoe stood in front of the school board Monday. Beside her, stood another student who read her statement on her behalf. “At the beginning of the year, I was invited to join the junior high honor ...

Zoning Hearing Board grants housing license

Things grew awkward at the city Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday for landlord Chris Weidley, but ultimately, the awkwardness eased, and Weidley got what he asked for — permission to establish a student home on the 1900 block of 20th Street. Upon questioning by solicitor Bill Stokan, ...

Woman arrested on drug charges

A Juniata Township woman is in jail after a search of her mobile home allegedly turned up a stash of pain pills. Evelyn C. Himes, 54, of 2666 Old Route 22, Dun­cansville, was arraigned Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger on felony and misdemeanor drug charges ...

Blair flu cases down

One could say Bedford’s loss is Huntingdon’s gain, but the reaction in both counties may not show it. Bedford County only reported four new flu cases last week, down eight from 12 the previous week. But Huntingdon County saw its number rise by six from 49 the week ending March 3 to 55 ...

Man charged with DUI after crash

A crash in Logan Town­ship has led to charges against a Hollidaysburg man. John Frederick, 24, was driving about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when he crashed into a tree in a yard along the 4900 block of the Colonel Drake Highway. Police said Frederick told officers he was headed south when he hit ...

Everett student faces terrorist threats charges

An Everett Area Middle school student faces charges of terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. Police investigated a reported incident at the school involving a 14-year-old male student allegedly threatening to bring a gun to school and shoot a 13-year-old male student. The accused ...

Hollidaysburg

Commissioners OK budget plan Blair County commissioners have agreed to a budget planning schedule they expect to follow later this year when considering the 2019 budget. Commissioner Terry Tomassetti worked on the proposed policy with Finance Director Jennifer Sleppy. At a recent weekly ...

Amtran to repair parking lot

Amtran plans to spruce up the former Roaring River Mills parking lot that it owns near its Fifth Avenue headquarters. “It’s just a maintenance project,” consulting engineer Brent Cartwright of EADS told the board Wednesday. Yet the work will cost a significant amount of — as Roaring ...

B-A opposes voucher program

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Wednesday approved a resolution opposing Edu­ca­tion Savings Account Voucher Programs — Pennsylvania Senate Bill 2. SB 2 would remove about $500 million from public education to give to private schools, including religious schools, said ...

Creek seeks 80th District

Huston Township resident Christopher Creek is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative of the 80th District, challenging candidate Jim Gregory. “I decided to run for this office because the path we’re on is unsustainable. We simply cannot continue in this direction and ...

‘A mutual connection’

A longtime Altoona family-owned business soon will have a new owner. The Hite Company has signed an asset purchase agreement with Birmingham, Ala-based Mayer Electric Supply, and the transition will be effective Tuesday. “In order to grow and provide future opportunities to our almost ...

AASD urged to arm guards in schools

State troopers who are also parents in the Altoona Area School District urged the school board Monday to have an armed person in each school to ramp up security. Cpl. Warren Rhyner, who works out of the Hollidaysburg barracks, hammered that point home. He broke down the Feb. 14 shooting in ...

Students organize regional walkouts

Parkland was the last straw; school students nationwide and locally are walking out of school today to send a message to Congress that something needs to change. While school officials prefer students to stay inside, they won’t stand in students’ way as they conduct walkouts at 10 a.m. ...

Blair making strides at becoming healthier

In 2010, when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin published their first county health rankings, they ranked Blair County 63rd of 67 Pennsylvania counties for “health outcomes” — their broadest survey category. The next year, Blair jumped to 56th for health ...

Police: Man had designer drugs

A Hollidaysburg man is accused of having designer drugs shipped to him from China. Brett A. Stiffler, 27, of 106 N. Montgomery St., was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on 11 drug charges, including seven felonies, stemming from an alleged shipment of various designer stimulants from China that ...

City man accused of sexual assault

A 36-year-old Altoona man is in jail after police said he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl as she slept. Naeem Yusef Bernard, of 1528 19th Ave., Apt. 1, is accused of assaulting the girl about 3 a.m. Friday while he was at her family’s home where he was sleeping in the living room on a ...

Group opposes sewer expansion

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Plans to expand a large-scale sewer project beyond its original scope garnered old criticisms from a new group of residents. Those residents took to a microphone Monday evening, addressing Hollidaysburg Sewer Authority members, who hope to make improvements along a portion ...

Bedford tables bids for safety upgrades

BEDFORD — Bedford County commissioners received two bids to install bullet-resistant glass and doors to the probation and domestic relations offices and the sheriff’s security booth located in the county courthouse complex. Hagerstown Paint and Glass Co. bid $105,988 for the project, ...

Graham appointed to Tyrone council

TYRONE — As one of six candidates this week for appointment to a vacant Borough Council seat, Thad Graham — veteran local assistant football coach — was asked how he’d handle being confronted after an unpopular decision. “Go to Sheetz on Saturday after we lose on Friday,” Graham ...

Blair prison, PrimeCare seek to dismiss lawsuit over suicide

Attorneys for the Blair County Prison and the company that provides medical care to its inmates have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of a 23-year-old Altoona woman, who died from suicide while imprisoned. Deborah A. Beckwith, the grandmother of Samantha Rae ...